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Every year, there are more than 3.5 million sports related injuries. With so many people playing sports and exercising recreationally, it’s no wonder that the number of injuries is so high.

Sports are a great way to stay in shape and have fun, but they can also be dangerous. Read on to learn more about the most common injuries that a sports chiropractor in Boulder CO sees and their treatment. We will also provide some tips on how to avoid these injuries.

Sprains and Strains

One of the most common sports injuries that athletes experience is sprains and strains. A sprain happens when a ligament is overstretched, while strains occur when a muscle or tendon is torn. Ankles and wrists are prone to sprains, while the back and hamstring strain easily.

If you have a sprain or strain, you’ll notice painful swelling around the area, and it can be difficult to participate in your sport. Since the swelling is due to inflammation, a chiropractor can execute joint adjustments to ensure the areas receive proper blood flow. Once your chiropractor has adjusted the joint, they will recommend stretches to help your recovery.

Ankle Injuries

Ankle sprains are one of the most common sports related injuries. These injuries come from stretching or tearing the supporting ligaments. Symptoms of a sprained ankle are pain, swelling, and bruising.

Treatment for a sprained ankle includes rest, ice, compression, and elevation (known as RICE). Chiropractors aid in treatment by realigning the bones and reducing inflammation.

Preventing ankle injuries starts with wearing the right shoes for the sport you are playing. Make sure your shoes fit well and provide support for your ankles. If you are playing on an uneven surface, be careful to avoid twisting your ankle. Strengthening the muscles around your ankle can also help to prevent injuries.

Knee Injuries

Not only can a knee injury be caused by a variety of factors, but if left untreated, it can require extensive surgery to fully heal. The knees consist of three bones, cartilage, and joints. Since there are so many moving pieces, there’s a lot that can go wrong.

Visiting a sports injury chiropractor in Boulder CO can help your knee issues without needing to resort to surgery. Specific forms of manipulation, paired with targeted exercises, will help alleviate pain and improve your knees’ range of motion.

Hip Injuries

The hip is a ball-and-socket joint that allows the leg to move in many directions. The socket is formed by the pelvis, and the ball is at the top of the thigh bone. A layer of cartilage covers the surface of both the ball and socket, providing a smooth, low-friction surface for movement.

There are several different types of sports related hip injuries, but some of the most common include:

Fractures: A break in any part of the hip bone can cause a fracture. These are caused by a direct blow to the hip or by falling onto a hard surface.

Dislocations: A dislocation occurs when the ball portion of the hip joint pops out of its socket. These happen because of a fall, a direct blow, or twisting motions.

Bursitis: Bursitis is usually caused by overuse and is an inflammation of the bursa. The bursa is a fluid filled sac that acts as a lubricant between tendon and tendon, or tendon and bone

Tendinitis: This is an inflammation of the tendons around the hip joint and is caused by repetitive motions.

Bursitis and tendinitis can be treated conservatively. Treatment for sports related hip injuries will vary depending on the type and severity of the injury. Fractures and dislocations will usually require surgery to repair the damage. A sports chiropractor at Boulder Back Pain Clinic in Boulder, CO uses various physical therapy modalities, procedures, and techniques to treat these soft tissue injuries. 

Tennis Elbow

When you overwork the tendons in your elbow, you can experience tennis elbow. An athlete is more prone to tennis elbow if they do a lot of repetitive, forceful motions using the hand, wrist, elbow, and arm. The elbow is a weight-bearing joint and is susceptible to injury from overuse or repetitive motion. 

Sports-related elbow injuries can range from mild to severe, and can often be treated with ice, rest, and over-the-counter pain medication. More severe elbow injuries may require physical therapy or surgery. At a sports chiropractor’s office, they can order an x-ray to see if there is any damage to the bones or ligaments and give you a specific plan to heal your injury.

Using anti-inflammatory medicine will help for a short while, but that only treats the symptoms, not the problem. A chiropractor will take a look at the area and diagnose where the dysfunctions are. From there, they will be able to make some adjustments to alleviate the dysfunctions.

If you think you may have an elbow injury, it is important to see a doctor or orthopedic specialist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Elbow injuries can lead to long-term problems if not properly treated and should never be ignored.

Brain Injuries

One of the most serious types of injuries that can occur during any type of sport is a brain injury. Concussions are the most common type of sports related brain injury and can range from mild to severe.

Concussion symptoms are not always immediately apparent, so it is very important to see a medical professional if you think you may have one. 

Brain injuries can have long-lasting effects, so it is important to take precautions to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Wearing protective gear, such as helmets and mouthguards, can help reduce the risk of sustaining a brain injury.

How to Prevent Sports Related Injuries

There are several ways that you can prevent sports related injuries. 

Find a Sports Chiropractor in Boulder, CO today!

If you experience any of these sports related injuries, don’t hesitate to contact us for help. Chiropractic care is a type of alternative medicine that focuses on diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine. As chiropractors, we believe that these disorders affect general health via the nervous system.

We will often perform a physical exam, take a health history, and may use lab tests or diagnostic imaging to make a diagnosis. Once we have made a diagnosis, we’ll develop and carry out a treatment plan. This will usually involve adjustments to the spine as well as other joints, muscles, and connective tissue.

The sports chiropractor at Boulder Back Pain Clinic in CO are experienced in helping people get back on their feet as quickly as possible. We use a variety of healing exercises including chiropractic adjustments, shockwave therapy, soft tissue therapy, acupuncture, and many more. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Malana L.

I've been seeing Dr. Cahn for over 3 years now and love that he is relaxed, genuine, and personal.  He has helped resolve issues with my neck, low back, and hip. I go in for the treatment, but it's probably the great conversations we have that keep me coming back!

Mike D.

Dr. Guzik is awesome. He's knowledgeable, affable, and passionate about wellness. He has a natural, easygoing way with patients that will put you right at ease. I have only great things to say about this practice and Dr. Guzik!

Amy M.

Both Dr. Cahn and Dr. Guzik are highly knowledgeable and skilled in providing excellent care to their patients. They were instrumental in getting me through an injury to be able to compete competitively in triathlon this season. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing high level chiropractic care!

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